The University of La Verne men’s tennis team split two matches this weekend, defeating the University of Puget Sound on Friday, 5-2 and losing to the University of the South on Saturday, 7-0.
The Leopards now post 3-7 record after their lost to South.
The men were propelled in their victories over the Puget Sound Loggers by three strong performances from their top singles players.
Sophomore Mike Longanecker, freshman Mario Backes and senior Sunny Samuel defeated their opponents in straight set victories, earning consecutive No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 spots.
Backes and sophomore Kevin Nguyen earned La Verne’s only doubles win in an 8-5 victory.
After defeating the Loggers, the Leopards were unable to carry the momentum over to their next match with South.
South dominated the entire afternoon, as they shut out the Leopards 7-0.
The University of the South blew past the Leopards, winning all but one of their singles matches in straight sets.
The weekend split came after a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference loss for the Leopards on March 9 at Claremont.
Pomona-Pitzer handed the Leopards sixth conference defeat this season in a 5-2 Sagehen victory.
The Leopards’ optimism was high after Backes and Longanecker earned consecutive victories, but the Sagehens went on to win the last four single matches.
Backes won his singles matches against the Sagehens, 6-4, 2-6.
The Leopard also pushed over his opponent taking his match 13-11 in the tiebreaker.
The Leopards will host Colorado College today at 2 p.m. at Nancy Blickenstaff Pavilion.
Adrian Medrano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.